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May
11
comment How did Rambam eliminate “ben gilo” from the halacha?
@johny why - I don't think the discussion is one of justification for the act of visiting, but of the (metaphysical) results of such a visit, in discrete terms. Esoteric though it may be, this type of calculation should ideally remain separate from the person's motivation to visit.
May
11
comment words often mispronounced
Interesting points. But I don't understand the last one. What is the difference in meaning between "Hashem" and "Hasheim" (especially considering some don't differentiate in pronunciation between segol and tzere)?
May
11
comment Where's Piece Number 10?
Good point about how this answer only applies after the fact.
May
11
comment If I wear a synthetic and/or mesh garment with Tzitzis, will I fulfill the mitzvah of Tzitzis?
Ben, your question would best be expressed as a comment on the original question, or possibly as a question in its own right if you provide more specific information about the sources to which you refer.
May
11
comment Why are angelic icons not prominent in Judaism?
Many take even more serious exception to the annual poetic prayer for rain that mentions (addresses?) the angel "Af B'ri". (Job 37:11 mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt2737.htm)
May
11
comment Are the Aramaic root ק.ב.ל and the Hebrew root ק.ב.ל related?
If I understand correctly, the original meaning of the root is "facing" and the others are derivatives?
May
11
comment Internal Passive With Characteristic “u” Vowel
@Andrew J. Brehm - Yes, it is the passive participle. Biblical Hebrew didn't have much in the way of actual adjectives. However, it functionally serves what English speakers would consider an adjectival role and in later Hebrews came to be used as such.
May
11
comment Citation format for G'mara
Thanks! That's all well and good for the text of the g'mara itself, but what if I'm citing - for example - a Ri"f? Or better yet, a Tosefta?
May
11
comment Is mixed gender volleyball permissible?
Are there still "different sects" in Judaism? Do you have a printed source that reflects their doctrine as it pertains to this matter? What do you mean by "fight side by side" and what are you suggesting with that elided sentence? Please clarify your answer.
May
8
comment Meaning and pronunciation of יישר כחך
See here: mi.yodeya.com/questions/5991/words-often-mispronounced/…
May
8
comment Are Animal Crackers depicting non-kosher animals non-kosher?
@Chanoch - No offense, but in this instance doesn't "inherited from Yiddish" just mean misborrowed from Hebrew?
May
6
comment Kohain First questions
As far as #3, the above rules do not apply to the kohen's products, but to the kohen himself. Perhaps it would be another thing if Rav Shabtai Kohen and Rav David [Halevi] Segel were actually standing in line waiting to present their chidushim.
May
5
comment Nun in Ashrei- Psalm 145
Maybe because it is more common in T'hilim for chesed to be paired/paralleled with tz'daka than with ne'emanus. Not that I'm trying to argue for it, but it could make one lean toward the omission of one over the other.
May
5
comment Robot as a competent proxy?
I don't think a chatzer needs to be immobile by definition. What about a chatzer ham'haleches?
May
5
comment Nun in Ashrei- Psalm 145
Didn't know Rav Hartman did the other kisvei HaMahara"l as well. That's exciting.
May
4
comment Robot as a competent proxy?
Is a conveyor belt the same thing as a yard? If my yard can accomplish something for me (such as receiving or delivering) then can my conveyor belt do the same? This would mean the robot can at least do things for me as a chatzer [which is equivalent to a shali'ach for some intents and purposes!].
May
4
comment Robot as a competent proxy?
Most people hold that the Torah did not give proxy power to non-Jews. But a robot could be more like a child (incapable of higher levels of cognition but still somewhat capable) than like a non-Jewish adult.
May
3
comment How to discard leftover challah
@Seth J - I think it is safe to say "..._she_ was asking..." mi.yodeya.com/questions/6534/…
May
3
comment Is it forbidden for a woman to learn Gemara?
Could you add some words of explanation of why one would believe that it is asur for women to learn g'mara?
May
3
comment In Modeh Ani we thank Hashem for our neshama's return. Where do neshamas go?
This might be what Rav Kook is saying in his commentary on Modeh Ani in Olas R'iya but I am not confident in my understanding of it to put it in an answer.